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Magazine Winter 2008 

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 






Dr. Randall J. Webb, i965, i966 

President, Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

This has been an outstanding semester for 
Northwestern State University, and I have several wonderful things to tell you 
about. Each of these items will have a lasting, positive impact on the university. 

Northwestern's fall enrollment is 9,1 11 . It is the first time fall enrollment has 
gone up at Northwestern since the implementation of selective admissions in 
2005. The university had an almost two percent increase in student retention 
this fall from 65.7 percent to 67.6 percent. These are positive trends for 
Northwestern in what continues to be a competitive environment. 

In October, Northwestern received $4.4 million from a mineral lease on 366 
acres of university property in DeSoto Parish donated by the late John Henry 
Crow in 1972. We have established the John Henry Crow/Art Allen Scholarship 
and the John Henry Crow/Art Allen Faculty Award to assist students and 
promote faculty research. A $2.4 million endowed scholarship fund and $1 
million faculty award fund have been established. The remaining $1 million will 
be used for capital projects and acquisitions to enhance the campus. We are 
optimistic that Northwestern will receive additional payments from royalties, or 
if production does not begin within a specified time period. The university is 
committed to using this money in a way that helps our students and faculty. 

In January, our Department of Engineering Technology will move back to a 
newly rehabilitated Williamson Hall. Work on this $5.6 million project has been 
progressing for two years. 

Thank you for all you do to support Northwestern. I wish you and your 
family a happy holiday season. 

'~f.iJUv -'.^^&^^ *nu-^t.~'^:im. 

William Drake Owens, 2004, 2005 

Acting Director of Alumni and Development 


Dear Alumni, 

It is truly an exciting time to be a part of Northwestern 
State University as we celebrate our 125th anniversary. 
We look to 2009 as a year in which we as alumni not only reflect on the rich 
history and tradition of our alma mater, but also reconnect with our institution 
and former classmates and friends. 

We at the Office of Alumni and Development are striving to make it easier 
for you to stay involved with Northwestern no matter where you are. We are 
proud to unveil a new and more user-friendly website that will allow you to view 
photos of alumni events, read news and announcements about the university 
and provide ways for you to support and promote Northwestern. Most of all, we 
hope that it will be an avenue through which you reconnect with friends through 
our on-line community, whether you graduated this past year or 50 years ago. 

Our mission is to foster a sense of camaraderie among all Northwestern 
alumni, friends and supporters. Please call us with questions, or if visiting 
campus, do not hesitate to visit the Office of Alumni, where we are dedicated to 
the past, present and future of Northwestern State University. 

Alumni Columns 

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Volume XVIll Number 4 Winter 2008 

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President Jerry Brungart. 

Natchitoches. 1969, 1971 

Vice President Joseph B. Stamey, 

Natchitoches. 1983 

Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Lisa Mathews. 

Benton. 1992 

Executive Director W. Drake Owens, 

Natchitoches. 2004, 2005 


Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Patricia Wiggins Hrapmann Destrehan, 1973, 1978 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long .Tyler. Texas, 1970 

Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton, 1992 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

Kip Patrick , Shreveport, 1995 

Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches. 1983 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 1964 

Ricky Walmsley Covington. 1985 

J. Michael Wilbum Shreveport. 1975 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans, 1993 


Cody Bourque Splendora. Texas 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 
spring, .summer, fall and winter. 

W. Drake Owens. 2004. 2005 


Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994 


David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 

Amy Werner 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann. 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

On the cover: Eve Cox Mitchell (1995) and Jenny Prudhomme (1993) find friends from their college days 
utilizing an updated website launched by the NSU Office of Alumni. (Photo Illustration) 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the 
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, 
Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to 
award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist and 
Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of 
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, 
religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its 
educational programs, activities or employment practices. 

Alumni News 

Stay connected to ^^^T 

Find classmates and friends with new Alumni website 

Capital Campaign 
AJunwi Plaza 

You may look back at your time 
on NSU's campus as some of the best 
years of your life - the years you met 
friends who were going to last forever 
or the years you were encouraged to 
broaden your horizons by thought- 
provoking professors. You probably 
kept in touch with those friends for a 
while, but after two or three moves 
and a couple of children, you lost 
touch. You kept in touch with that 
professor for a while, too, but some- 
how life managed to get in the way. 

That's all about to change. 

Northwestern State University's 
Office of Alumni and Development is 
helping you reconnect to NSU and all 
those friends you've lost touch with 
through NSU's new online commu- 
nity, the university's updated website 
for our alumni and friends. You can 
look up an old classmate, learn about 
events and happenings at NSU and 

BrowM trMtHi9h our tU* tor trrformaOon on our sttff and bo»r« 
m«mMrs. to*cl»l promoDons. alflttMe IMcs and oppoftun w for 
service, invofwmcnt and onMne gMn^. Owck out our qlonder of 
*v«nts and phocos trvm ntm* •v«nis. Thar* may b* an upcoming 
event near you. Ptoaae halp u* May arru'* on your contact 
informeaoo try logging m and updatuig your fHas. Onca you're logged 
in. «rc can help you reoinnact ntOt old frlondl and danmatei >n a new 

Tb« NSU Alwmra AMociaoon and tne NSU Foundaoon ar« commntad to 
not only ttrengtT^entng t>es among our afumnt, but alto providing 
ftupport 'or trtght siudcnts who will bacoma future Bluaww. Your 
presence and involvement in t^•ee endeevori ofTen you a cftanoe to 
tell future alumni about your csper>«nces at Nonrrweatam and wtvy are 
they vaJuaNe to you 

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learn about alumni events that may be 
going on in your area. We'll also 
post news articles about things hap- 
ping around campus and with alumni 
to help keep you up-to-date. Just type 
in www.northwesternalumni.coni, 
and the Demon world is at your fin- 

The online community is also 
embracing online ventures more 
recent alumni are familiar with, 
including the chance to add blogs, 
create message boards and post group 
or event photos. Alumni can buy a 
brick at Alumni Plaza, donate to the 
annual fund or become a member of 
the President's Council. There is also 
a spot to view past and current issues 
of the Alumni Columns. 

When visitors first log onto the 
site, they will be welcomed by the 
Office of Alumni and Development. 
The right side of the screen will show 

a calendar of upcoming events. 
There will also be a log-in section. 
This site is for Demon alumni and 
friends, so Alumni and Development 
wants to keep some information 
available only to those people. Once 
you've logged in, the entire site is 
yours to navigate. 

Not only is the online community 
a great way to learn about what's hap- 
pening at NSU, it's also a way for us 
at Alumni and Development to learn 
what's happening in your life. Class 
notes can be updated online and notes 
can be added to the next issue of 
Alumni Columns. 

Please take a few moments to visit 
the NSU's new online community at, 
log in and take a look around. You 
will agree this a great way to reconnect 
with old friends and your time at NSU. 

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Alumni News 

Six Northwestern State University graduates were selected as the 2008 inductees into the Alumni Hall of Distinction, 
the Long Purple Line. The honorees were, from left, Dr. Melissa Lynn of Shreveport, Dr. Tom Paul and Maxine 
Southerland of Natchitoches, Alvin Moreau Jr. of Baton Rouge, Dr. Robert Brown of Russellville, Ark., and the late 
Speedy O. Long, who was represented by his son, David Long. They were congratulated by NSU President Dr. 
Randall J. Webb. The inductees were honored at the annual Homecoming Banquet on Friday, Oct. 24 and at the 
Homecoming football game against Sam Houston on Saturday, Oct. 25. Out of more than 75,000 Northwestern 
alumni, only 93 people have been chosen for this honor. 

Six distinguished alumni inducted into Long Purple Line 

Six NSU graduates were selected 
as the 2008 inductees into the Alumni 
Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple 
Line. The honorees, Dr. Robert Brown 
of Russellville, Ark., the late Speedy O. 
Long, Dn Melissa Lynn of Shreveport, 
Alvin Moreau Jr., of Baton Rouge and 
Dr. Tom Paul and Maxine Southerland 
of Natchitoches, were honored during 
Homecoming festivities in October. 
Out of more than 75,000 Northwestern 
alumni, only 93 people have been cho- 
sen for this honor. 

Brown, a 1967 graduate of North- 
western in economics, has been presi- 
dent of Arkansas Tech University since 
1993, developing and implementing 41 
new programs of study. Enrollment at 
Arkansas Tech has grown 77 percent 
under his leadership, the institution's 
operating budget has grown from $3 1 
million to more than $100 million and 
new records in private flmdraising have 
been set. 

As president. Brown initiated and 
arranged ftinding for more than $80 
million in campus improvements 
including a library and student center. 
He also led Arkansas Tech's athletic 
programs from the NAIA to NCAA 
Division II status. 

Long, a 1951 graduate of North- 
western, was in the Louisiana State 
Senate for two terms and was a mem- 
ber of the U.S. House of Representa- 
tives from 1965 to 1973. While in 

Congress, Long's subcommittee held 
hearings that discovered why the M- 1 6 
rifle was failing in combat conditions. 
The Pentagon then made changes in 
ammunition used and cleaning proce- 
dures and the weapon has performed 
well since then. He was also credited 
with convincing the Pentagon to make 
Fort Polk a permanent military installa- 
tion and convincing the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers to undertake devel- 
opment and control of the Red River. 

He retired from Congress in 1973 
and served as district attorney from the 
28th Judicial District covering LaSalle 
and Caldwell Parish from 1973 until 
1985. In 1994, he was appointed Judge 
Pro Tem of the 28th Judicial District 
until a judge could be elected the fol- 
lowing year 

Long died in 2006. 

Lynn, an Alexandria native, is a 
1985 graduate of Northwestern and a 
1989 graduate of the LSU School of 
Medicine. She is a diplomat of the 
American Board of Internal Medicine, 
Nephrology Subspecialty. Lynn taught 
at the LSU Health Sciences Center in 
1994 and from 1996-2001. 

She is an active associate at Chris- 
tus Schumpert Health System and 
Willis-Knighton Health System and a 
consultant at Lifecare Hospitals, 
Dubuis Hospital, Cornerstone Hospital 
and Promise Rehab Hospital. Lynn is 
co-director of Shreveport Regional 

Dialysis Center and 10 regional dialy- 
sis centers. 

Moreau was a coach at Catholic 
High of Baton Rouge, Northside High 
of Lafayette and Redemptorist High of 
Baton Rouge then became a claims 
adjuster for State Farm Insurance. He 
then entered the School of Physical 
Therapy at the University of Alabama 
Birmingham, graduating in 1974. 

In 1977, he opened the first 
Moreau Physical Therapy Clinic in 
Zachary and now has four clinics in the 
Baton Rouge region. He is a member 
of the State Board of Physical Therapy 
Examiners. Moreau also served on the 
Zachary Chamber of Commerce Board 
of Directors. 

Maxine and Tom Paul Southerland 
were recipients of the President's Dis- 
tinguished Service Award in 2003. 
Both have been honored with induction 
in the NSU Hall of Distinguished Edu- 

Maxine Southerland received her 
bachelor's degree from Louisiana State 
Normal College and a master's at 
Northwestern and did master's plus 30 
work at NSU and LSU. She taught and 
headed home economics departments 
at several high schools and was an 
associate professor of home economics 
at Northwestern. 

A graduate of Louisiana State Nor- 
mal School, Tom Paul Southerland 
earned a master's and doctorate at LSU. 

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Long Purple Line continued 

He was an administrator at Northwest- 
em from 1966 until his retirement in 
1986 and came to NSU after serving 
four years as assistant superintendent 
for instruction for the Rapides Parish 
School Board. Southerland was the 
university's dean of the College of 
Education from 1966 until 1975 and 
dean of the School of Graduate Stud- 
ies and Research from 1975 until 
1978. In 1978, Southerland was 
appointed vice president for Academic 
Affairs and was named executive vice 
president in 1982. He was named vice 
president emeritus in 1987. 

Tom Paul Southerland was instru- 
mental in establishing admissions 
standards for teacher education and 
developing 14 new programs for the 
College of Education as well as secur- 
ing a specialist and doctorate program. 
He led the College of Education to fiill 
accreditation by the National Council 
for Accreditation of Teacher Educa- 
tion. Under his leadership, NSU con- 
structed the Teacher Education Center, 
the Middle Lab School and the Health 
and Human Performance Building. 

NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, right, 
presented Doyle and Barbara Bailey with the 
2008 Distinguished Service Award. 

ROTC Honorees 

Baileys recipients of President's 
Distinguished Service Award 

Doyle and Barbara 
Bailey of Natchez were 
named recipients of the 
2008 President's Distin- 
guished Service Award. 

"Doyle and Barbara 
Bailey are exemplars of 
the volunteering commu- 
nity of people who will- 
ingly give of themselves 
and their resources to help 
others," said NSU Presi- 
dent Dr. Randall J. Webb. 
"Both Doyle and Barbara 
are retired from caring 
professions and could 
relax and enjoy life after 
years of serving others in 
their professional roles. 
But, 'retirement' to them 
is yet another phase in 
their work lives in which j3 

they continue to con- 
tribute to the overall welfare of our city and region." 

According to Webb, Doyle and Barbara Bailey were instrumental in 
establishing a memorandum of understanding between NSU and the Natchi- 
toches Emergency Response Crisis Counselor Team earlier this year. The 
agreement establishes the framework of collaboration and coordination 

between these agencies for 
the provision of crisis inter- 
vention counseling services 
during emergencies on the 
NSU campus. Webb said 
the agreement set up a 
model program that 
addresses the Board of 
Supervisors for the Univer- 
sity of Louisiana System 
initiative for mental health 
services during emergen- 
cies on university cam- 

In 2005, the Baileys set 
up the Rev. Doyle and Bar- 
bara Bailey Family Scholar- 
ship for a third year student 
at Northwestern. Recipi- 
ents are selected by the 
NSU Foundation in associ- 
ation with the Baptist Col- 
legiate Ministry at 


VIP participants who took part in the annual ROTC open house on Homecoming Day 
were, from left, LTC (Ret) Fred N. Terasa (1982), BG (Ret) James Bonsall (1953), 
Nick Pollacia (1968, 1994), LTC (Ret) Sandy McNeely (1964), LTC (Ret) Truman 
Maynard (1959), Drake Owens (2004, 2005), LTC Leon E. Pennington, LTG (Ret) 
Joseph M. Cosumano Jr. (1968, 1970) and NSU President Randall J. Webb (1965, 
1966). The gathering took place in the recently renovated cadet dayroom at Noe 
Armory in front of a wall painting of the Demon Regiment flag. The 59th on the flag 
indicates that the senior ROTC cadet class in session is the 59th Battalion of the 
Demon Regiment. Each year is a separate battalion of the regiment which is the 
alumni organization for the NSU Army ROTC battalion. 


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Alumni News 

College of Education recognizes Distinguished Educators 

The Northwestern State University College of Education inducted outstanding alumni 
into the Hall of Distinguished Educators during Honnecoming festivities Oct. 24-25. 
This year's Distinguished Educators were, from left, Dr. Jerry Payne of Marshall, 
Texas; Dan Chase of Baton Rouge, John Dilworth of Montgomery, Ala.; Hershel M. 
Machen Jr. of Winnfield and Connie Gaines Buck of Baton Rouge. They were 
recognized during a brunch hosted by the College of Education and honored for their 
leadership and contributions to education. 

The NSU College of Education inducted five outstanding 
alumni into the Hall of Distinguished Educators during 
Homecoming. This year's Distinguished Educators are Connie 
Gaines Buck and Dan Chase of Baton Rouge, John Dilworth of 
Montgomery, Ala., Hershel M. Machen Jr. of Winnfield and Dr. 
Jerry Payne of Marshall, Texas. 

Buck earned a bachelor's 
degree in business education in 
1 97 1 , a master's in business educa- 
tion in 1973 and +30 in business 
education in 1978. She began her 
career as a business teacher at 
Bossier High School before joining 
the Department of Education for 22 
years as program manager and 
executive officer. 

Chase graduated form North- 
western in 1957 with a degree in 
health and physical education and 
earned a masters in education 
administration at Northeastern 
State College in 1964. He began 
his career as a teacher and coach in 
Concordia Parish and later worked 
as a graduate assistant at the Uni- 
versity of Arkansas before return- 

ing to Louisiana as a teacher and 
coach in East Baton Rouge Parish 
and the Louisiana State School for 
the Deaf. 

Dilworth earned undergraduate 
and master's degrees in education 
at Northwestern and completed 
post-masters study at NSU, LSU- 
Shreveport, Louisiana Tech and 
Grambling. He is currently the 
superintendent of Montgomery 
Public Schools in Montgomery, 
Ala., where he is the instructional 
and operational leader for 
Alabama's third largest school dis- 

Machen graduated from North- 
western in 1959 with a degree in 
health and physical education and a 
minor in math. He earned a mas- 

ter's degree in education from 
Northeastern Louisiana University 
in 1966 and completed +30 at NSU 
in 1974. He began his career as a 
math and PE. teacher and coach at 
three schools before moving to 
Winnfield in 1966, where he was a 
football coach and PE. and math 
teacher at Winnfield Jr. High and 
Winnfield High School. He served 
as principal at Winnfield Senior 
High from 1975-1992. 

Payne earned bachelor's and 
master's degrees in music educa- 
tion from NSU in 1957 and 1968, 
specialist in education in 1969 and 
doctorate in education in 1973. In 
a career spanning 45 years, Payne 
was a music educator for 20 years 
in Louisiana and 25 years in Texas, 
including four years as director of 
bands at NSU. During that time, 
Payne led his bands in numerous 
outstanding competitive perform- 
ances and was recognized with sev- 
eral professional honors. 

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^^ Brian Coatney (2001), director 
or orchestras at Piano, Texas, Senior 
High School, won Honor Full 
Orchestra class 5A High School for 
the state of Texas. Only one orchestra 
per year is selected for this honor. 
Brian's orchestra will perform at the 
Texas Music Educators Association 
Conference in San Antonio in Febru- 
ary 2009. 

Brian's father Royce Coatney 
won the same honor two years ago. 
Royce didn't attend NSU, but he sent 
all of his children to Northwestern for 
their education. 

Robert C. Crosby (1961) was 
inducted into the C.E. Byrd High 
School Alumni Association's Hall of 
Fame in October. Crosby, who grad- 
uated from Byrd in 1957, is a private 
investor, certified public accountant 
and president of Crosby Enterprises 
in Shreveport. He manages real 
estate development, residential and 
light commercial construction, 
accounts receivable factoring, manu- 
facturing and oil and gas development 
and operations. 

Crosby earned a bachelor of sci- 
ence degree in accounting at NSU. 

ValueOptions, Inc., the nation's 
largest independent behavioral health 
care provider, has named Eddy D. 
Broadway (1988) chief executive 
officer of ValueOptions New Mexico. 
Broadway will start his new position 
by April 21. 

Broadway most recently held the 
position of deputy director for the 
Arizona Department of Health Serv- 
ices. In that position, he oversaw the 
operations and administrative man- 
agement of the Community Behav- 
ioral Health System and Children's 

Rehabilitation Services program, 
which provides services to more than 
150,000 individuals. 

Previously, Broadway was admin- 
istrator for Behavioral Health and 
Children's Rehabilitation Services for 
the Arizona Health Care Cost Con- 
tainment System. In that position, he 
had oversight of behavioral health and 
children's rehabilitation services con- 

Prior to that, Broadway held the 
position of division chief for Quality 
and Utilization Management Opera- 
tions for the Arizona Department of 
Heahh Services. 

Broadway has also held hospital 
senior management positions at 
Memorial Hospital/Sand Hill Behav- 
ioral Health in Gulfport, Miss.; as 
well as at Brentwood Hospital and 
Caddo Oaks Hospital, both in Shreve- 
port, La. 

Broadway is a member of the Ari- 
zona Behavioral Health Planning 
Council. He is an ex-oflficio member 
of the Arizona Department of Juve- 
nile Corrections Advisory Board and 
the Arizona Substance Abuse Partner- 
ship. He is an advisory board member 
for the Arizona State University 
School of Social Work. 

In addition to earning an under- 
graduate degree at Northwestern, he 
holds a master's degree in health 
administration from Tulane Univer- 
sity in New Orleans and a master's 
degree in social work from Gram- 
bling State University. 

A research paper by Dr. Daniel 
Hellman (1990), a faculty member at 
Missouri State University, has been 
published in Update: Applications of 
Research in Music Education. The 
peer-reveiwed article "Do Music 
Education Majors Intend to Teach 

Music? An Exploratory Survey," 
appears in the fall/winter 2008 edition 
of Update. Update is the leading jour- 
nal for music educators whose focus 
is to bring current research to both 
scholars and practitioners in music 
education; the journal is published the 
Music Educators National Confer- 

Crystal Mallett has been recog- 
nized by Kappa Delta Pi International 
Honor Society in Education as a 
Teacher of Honor. The new Teacher 
of Honor recognition program honors 
practicing teachers with three or more 
years of professional experience who 
demonstrate commitment to continu- 
ous professional growth and integrity 
in the classroom. Mallett is an Eng- 
lish teacher at Pineville High School. 
A three-year educator, she has served 
as Pineville's representative to IMAC 
training, which educates and trains 
teachers to be mentors and coaches 
for technology innovations. Mallett 
was instrumental in developing cur- 
riculum guidelines for her schools' 
English Language Honors and Gifted 
program. Mallett was one of nine 
teachers nationwide to receive the 
honor. She created a portfolio of let- 
ters, pictures and other evidence to 
show her involvement in her school, 
students and community. 

Mallett graduated from the 
Louisiana Scholars' College at North- 
western in 2005 with a bachelor of 
arts degree in elementary education. 
She then taught gifted and honors 
classes at Pineville Junior High for 
three school years. During that time 
she completed a master's of education 
degree with a concentration in special 
education and gifted at NSU, graduat- 
ing earlier this year. 


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Alumni News 

Deville designer of 
Christmas Festival poster 

Denise Deville (1993) is the artist of the 2008 
Natchitoches Christmas Festival poster, unveiled in 
October. A native and resident of Natchitoches, 
Deville is a self-employed artist working through 
her business, Art by DeVille, specializing fleur de 
lis and Louisiana scenery. She also does commis- 
sion work for individuals and businesses and, 
catering to sports fans, has a line of Northwestern 
State, LSU and New Orleans Saints theme paint- 
ings. Her work is included in private collections 
and can be seen on exhibit at businesses in Natchi- 

Christmas Festival posters are for sale through 
the Natchitoches Arts Council. Proceeds help to 
fund art programming in the Natchitoches area, 
including a scholarship for an NSU art student. 


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Piehler recognized as top conservationist 

Senior environmental specialist 
Chris M. Piehler (1980, 1983) 
with the Louisiana Department 
of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was 
honored in March 2008 with the Gov- 
ernor's Award for conservation 
achievement. The award is presented 
annually by the Louisiana Wildlife 
Federation to the person or organiza- 
tion deemed to have made the most 
outstanding contribution toward the 
protection and wise use of the state's 
natural resources - air, soil and min- 
erals, forests, waters, fish and wildlife 
- during the previous year from 
among nominations submitted by the 
public. The selection for this and 
eight other awards was made by a 
panel of independent judges with 
expertise in a wide range of conserva- 
tion fields-. 

Piehler was presented with a stat- 
uette of a bald eagle during the 44th 


Conservation Achievement Recogni- 
tion Banquet in New Iberia where the 
Louisiana Wildlife Federation con- 
vened for its 69th meeting. The 
awards were presented by Secretary 
of the Louisiana Department of 
Wildlife and Fisheries Robert 
Barham, representing Gov. Bobby 
Jindal and Dr. Earl Matthew, Region 
Director of the National Wildlife 


Piehler of Baton Rouge was rec- 
ognized for his outstanding perform- 
ance in managing the DEQ's Mercury 
Program and developing the state's 
Mercury risk Reduction Plan, includ- 
ing abatement measures that will help 
reduce mercury contamination in the 
environment and citizen exposure to 
toxic levels and forms of this common 
earth element. Through his efforts, 
the public is much more aware of 
Louisiana's mercury problem and the 
state has taken significant steps to 
address it. 

Piehler earned an undergraduate 
degree in wildlife management at 
NSU in 1 980 and a masters degree in 
botany in 1983. He began his career 
with Civil Service in 1982 and 
worked with several state agencies, 
specializing in aquatic resource 

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Neva Norsworthy Guinn shows Frances Conine and Chris Maggio her IM badges 
as they look through Potpourri yearbooks from Guinn's college days. Guinn is 
wearing the purple jacket she wore as a nnember of Purple Jackets, which she 
also donated to the organization, along with other Northwestern memorabilia. 


e Jackets gets memorabilia donation 

Neva Norsworthy Guinn (1947) Northwestern. 

donated her Purple Jacket, her Pot- 
pourri yearbooks and other memora- 
bilia to Purple Jackets. She included 
two badges she received for participat- 
ing in women's intramural sports. 
Guinn fondly recalled Catherine Win- 
ters, her Purple Jackets sponsor, and 
her chemistry teacher Dr. Joe Webb, 
father of Dr. Randy Webb. 

Guinn attended high school at Mt. 
Carmel near Florien in Sabine Parish. 
She was married to the late Dr. Earl 
Guinn, former president of Louisiana 
College. She was a science and chem- 
istry teacher at the high school and 
college level and later spent much of 
her time supporting her husband in his 

Mrs. Guinn was one of seven chil- 
dren whose mother was a teacher who 
had attended the Louisiana Normal 
School. Although her mother never 
graduated, her dream was that her chil- 
dren would earn college degrees. Mrs. 
Guinn and two of her sisters attended 

During her student days at North- 
western, Mrs. Guinn worked in the 
cafeteria to pay her tuition. She 
remembered fondly the days when the 
boys came home from World War II 
and talked about the excitement stirred 
on campus when they all returned. 
She loved serving the uniformed boys, 
who winked and smiled. 

She remembered Purple Jackets as 
one of the great honors of her life and 
talked of the many dear friends she 
had in the organization. 

Purple Jacket 
from the late 


marking 50th 

All previous recipients of 
the Miss Northwestern-Lady of 
the Bracelet title are invited to 
become part of this year's pag- 
eant and be presented on stage. 

This year's competition will 
begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in 
the A. A. Fredericks Fine Arts 

For more information or to 
RSVP, call the Student Activi- 
ties Office at (3 1 8) 357-65 1 1 by 
Jan. 25. 

Alumni Band 

Approximately 50 former 
Northwestern Band members 
gathered on campus prior to the 
NSU football game on Sept. 27 
in an effort to bring back the 
NSU Alumni Band Organiza- 
tion. During a lunch and busi- 
ness meeting, the group 
discussed the purposes and 
organization of the group and 
determined that members will 
pay $40 annually towards mem- 
bership in the NSU Alumni 
Association and NSU Alumni 
Band Association. 

Additional plans were made 
to have at least two weekend 
activity days each fall with one 
in September and the other on 
the Homecoming day as 
defined by the University. 

A reception was held in the 
Orville Hanchey Art Gallery 
prior to the football game. 

If you would like to join the 
Alumni Band Organization, 
please contact Bill Brent at 
brent(g), for additional 

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Alumni Gatherings 

Alumni Golf Scramble 

Baylor Tailgate Party 

First place winners in the NSU Alumni golf scramble on 
Oct. 24 were Francis DeLoney, David Wright (1970), 
Stuart Wright (1977) and Jay Bankston. 

Second place winners in the Homecoming golf 
scramble were Jake Bray, Robert Leavines, Tyler 
Trichell and Drew Coombs. 

Amelie Wilson learns to cheer for the Demons at the 
NSU-Baylor tailgate party. Joining Amelie are her 
grandmother, Aimee Wright (1976), Jacque Crew 
(1965) and Amelie's mom Lindsay Wright Wilson 

Third place winners were Hall Adams, James Barrios 
and Levi Barry. Not shown is Thomas Hilton. 

Louisiana Saturday Night was held at Live Bait in New 
York on Sept. 27. Joining the group were, above, 
Jessica Marasco (2004), Bruston Manuel (2003), 
Himanshu Singh (1999), Drake Owens (2004, 2005) 
and Sloan Snow (1997). Below are Michael Chance 
(1973) and Tom Berti (1969). 

Several graduates of 1960 gathered during 
Homecoming weekend for a cocktail party and dinner. 
From left are Drake Owens Doyle Williams (1960), Karl 
Moore (i960), Linda Moore, Ellis Coutee (1960), 
Juanita Coutee (1958, 1960), Marlene Muse and Bill 
Muse (1960). 

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Foundation News 

Northwestern gets windfall from mineral lease 

Funds will be used for scholarships and faculty awards 

NSU has honored the donor of 366 
acres of DeSoto Parish farmland and 
the faculty member whose work over a 
number of years led to the gift. 

NSU has established the John 
Henry Crow/ Art Allen Scholarship and 
the John Henry Crow/ Art Allen Faculty 
Award to assist students and promote 
faculty research. The $2.4 million 
endowed scholarship fund and $1 mil- 
lion faculty award fund were set up with 
funds Northwestern recently received 
from a mineral lease on property Crow 
donated to Northwestern in 1972. 

Northwestern received S4.4 million 
from the lease and will spend SI mil- 
lion on capital projects and acquisitions 
to enhance the campus. The $4.4 mil- 
lion payment has been invested in an 
interest-bearing bank account. 

University officials hope North- 
western will receive additional frinds 
from the mineral lease negotiated by the 
State Mineral Board. Vice President for 
University Affairs Marcus Jones said 
the university would also receive 25 
percent of royalties on natural gas 

produced on the property. Should pro- 
duction not begin within one year. 
Northwestern would receive an addi- 
tional $2.2 million and will receive 
another $2.2 million payment if produc- 
tion does not begin within two years. 

Allen, a retired professor of biolog- 
ical sciences, worked with Crow at his 
pecan orchards using more modem 
methods to develop pecans that were 
larger and more resistant to disease. 

Allen, who now lives in Maine, vis- 
ited Crow on his farm once or twice a 
week during the growing season. Crow 
had no heirs. 

"We were sitting on the back of his 
pickup truck having lunch and out of 
the blue he said 'What am I going to do 
with all this land the pecan trees, the 
pasture,'" said Allen. "I was caught so 
flat-footed, I asked him to consider 
donating the land to the university for 
use as a place for students to do field 
studies. I think he was interested in 
what I said, but we dropped that subject 
and started talking about other things 
and never discussed it again." 

Crow died in 1972. Allen said the 
news of the mineral lease and subse- 
quent establishment of the scholarship 
and faculty award fiind were pleasant 

The university hopes to award 
about 30 scholarships each year of S500 
per semester. The number of scholar- 
ships could vary based on interest 
earned. The scholarships can be 
awarded for up to four years. Recipients 
must meet one of the following charac- 
teristics: achieved academic excellence; 
demonstrated integrity and persever- 
ance in overcoming adversity; have an 
outstanding record in co-curricular or 
community activities, demonstrated 
financial need; exhibit qualities of truth, 
courage or fellowship or seeking re- 
entry into the work force or advance- 
ment within a career field. Students 
receiving the scholarship must also 
maintain a 2.5 grade point average. 

Criteria for the John Henry 
Crow/Art Allen Faculty Award are 
being established. 

Memorial scholarship established to honor former dean 

A scholarship has been 
established in memory of Dr. 
Ray Baumgardner, a former 
faculty member and dean- 
provost at Northwestern State 
University's Fort Polk campus 
and assistant to the vice presi- 
dent for academic affairs. His 
wife, Mrs. Sherry Baumgard- 
ner, established the $10,000 
scholarship through a donation 
and pledge to the NSU Founda- 
tion to endow the Dr. Ray 
Baumgardner Memorial Scholarship in Science. The 
scholarship will benefit students involved with the mili- 
tary. Other requirements include a 2.5 grade point average 
and a financial need. 

A native of Colorado, Baumgardner came to North- 
western as an assistant professor of biology in 1965. He 
retired in 1996, having served as head of the Department 


of Biological Sciences, registrar, dean/provost of NSU's 
Fort Polk campus and assistant to the vice president for 
academic affairs. 

He was the second dean and provost for the NSU Edu- 
cation Center at Fort Polk after the university established 
the center in 1976. The NSU Fort Polk campus saw 
tremendous growth in enrollment during his service there. 
He returned to the Natchitoches campus to work from 
1994 until his retirement. Baumgardner died in 1999. 

"Northwestern was his life," said Mrs. Baumgardner 
of her husband's commitment to the university. "He also 
had a lot of respect for the military and he himself had 
attended college on the GI Bill." 

"Dr. Baumgardner personified the great traits of our 
university. He cared so much about his students," said 
NSU Sports Information Director Doug Ireland, a good 
friend of Baumgardner. 

Contributions to the scholarship can be made to the 
NSU Foundation by contacting Jill Bankston by calling 
(318) 357-4241 or e-mailing . 


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Foundation News 

Grant will help expand nursing program to rural areas 

Northwestern will make nursing 
education more accessible to north and 
central Louisiana through a grant from 
the U.S. Department of Education. The 
University has received a $191,593 to 
fond "Bridging the Gap in Health Care 
in Selected Rural Communities in 

According to Project Director Dr 
Darlene Williams, the vice president for 
Technology, Research and Economic 
Development at Northwestern, the goal 
is to expand access to associate, bac- 
calaureate, masters and continuing edu- 
cation programs in nursing to selected 
rural communities in Louisiana via dis- 
tance learning technologies. 

Northwestern delivers academic 
and other services to satellite campuses 
in Shreveport, Leesville and Alexandria 
and smaller campuses located in 
Jonesville and Ferriday. The primary 
purpose of this project is to support the 
nursing curricula oflferings. 

Funding will be used for the acqui- 
sition of distance learning and related 
computer equipment to enhance the 
sites in Shreveport, Natchitoches, and 
Ferriday with contemporary technology 
to support sfodent instruction and learn- 
ing; related software, support equip- 
ment and supplies will complete the 

"This upgraded instructional infra- 

structure will accord our sfodents in 
remote and rural learning sites with 
equitable learning, library and resource 
support within their local communi- 
ties," said Dean of the College of Nurs- 
ing Dr. Norann Planchock. 

Williams said the proposed system 
is composed of video and web-based 
technologies. The system will include 
state-of-the-art multimedia, video tele- 
conferencing classrooms located in 
Shreveport, Natchitoches and Ferriday. 
Instructional courseware will be used to 
deliver instruction via video teleconfer- 
encing and hypertext protocols. 

Spirit of Northwestem's campaign for new uniforms continues 

The Spirit of Northwestern is 
about halfway towards its goal in the 
"Close the Gap" campaign, which is 
seeking fonds to replace the band's 
tattered uniforms. New uniforms are 
set to debut in Fall 2009. 

"We really appreciate those folks 
who have supported us in this cam- 
paign," said Bill Brent, director of 
bands and coordinator of Creative and 
Performing Arts. "The students are 
pumped about getting new uniforms. 
Ours are now worn and many are 
faded. These new uniforms will also 
help recruiting and retention." 

The son's current uniforms are 
nearly 13 years old, five years older 
than the average lifespan of a uni- 

form. The cost of each uniform is 
$400 and Spirit of Northwestern 
alumni and friends have been encour- 
aged to help meet the fond raising 

"The band is the largest spirit 
group on campus and we try to send 
representatives to several events 
throughout the year other than foot- 
ball games, including basketball, 
baseball and even soccer games from 
time to time," Brent said. 

For more information, contact 
Brent at (318) 357-4522 or e-mail 
him at brent(S) . Informa- 
tion is also available on the band's 
home page, 

Six outsanding members of the NSU 
faculty were recognized for their contri- 
butions to the university and their indi- 
vidual colleges as recipients of this 
year's Excellence in Teaching Awards. 
The teachers were selected by their 
peers and were recognized during 
Homecoming. From left are Drake 
Owens congratulating Dr. Zafer Hatahet, 
Dr. Marcus Jones, Dr. Karen McFerrin, 
Dr. Wade Tyler and Dr. Lisa Wolffe. Not 
shown is Dr. Susan Pierce. 

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Academic News 

New communications degree will be available in 2009 

NSU will begin offering a Bach- 
elor of Arts in Communication degree 
program this spring. 

The program will be housed 
within the Department of Language 
and Communication. According to 
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts 
and Head of the Department of Lan- 
guage and Communication Dr. Lisa 
Abney, the program will have several 
positive impacts. 

"We are delighted to be able to 
offer such a unique and versatile pro- 
gram. This should be yet another way 
to assist in the training of Louisiana's 
workforce," Abney said. 

The degree program will have 
three concentrations: organizational 
communication, health communica- 
tion and rhetoric. 

In the study of rhetoric and public 
address students will learn the history 
and theory upon which persuasive 
skills are based. These skills are 
appropriate in any discipline, but 
essential in pre-law, political science, 
journalism, public administration and 
an array of areas within business. 

The organizational communica- 
tion concentration examines the 
effects that organizational structure 
and membership have on human com- 
munication. This concentration will 
help students develop verbal and writ- 
ten communication skills vital to 
understanding organizational com- 
munication including critical think- 
ing, problem solving and 
understanding human behavior in an 
organizational culture. Organizational 

communication emphasizes commu- 
nication theories, strategies and tac- 
tics essential to corporate success. 

The health communication con- 
centration focuses on communication 
in a variety of contexts within the 
health care environment. Students 
study communication interaction 
between health professionals and 
patients/clients and health promotion 
communication strategies. Students 
are also prepared for working with 
individuals from diverse backgrounds 
and within the health education field. 

For more information contact 
Abney at (318) 357-4330 or visit the 
NSU Department of Language and 
Communication Web site at 

African- American family donates wartime letters to library 


Northwestern State University's 
Cammie G. Henry Research Center 
received a donation from a Natchi- 
toches family that will be included in 
archives relevant to the history of the 
African American community in 

Grace Baptiste Thomas donated 
items relating to her brother Charles 
Ray Thomas, a U.S. Army Private in 
the 644th Transportation Corps Truck 
Company, who was stationed at Flak 
Caserne, Munich, Germany, when he 
was shot and killed in a rifle accident 

in 1946. 

The donation includes Thomas's 
portrait, three letters to his mother, 
Sarah Polk, and the certificate of 
honor signed by President Harry Tru- 

"These items bring the tragic 
story alive and the documents are part 
of the Thomas family and the history 
of the African American community 
in Natchitoches," said Mary Linn 
Wernet, NSU archivist. "The dona- 
tion of these family papers to NSU 
will allow researchers from this area 

and from the rest of the world to read 
the papers and write about this event." 

The donation is the first to the 
Research Center from an African 
American family, Wernet said. 

"The Cammie G. Henry Research 
Center envisions the day when the 
African American Museum is open 
and the portrait and accompanying 
documentation is offered as a lot to the 
African American Museum," she said. 

ULS initiates exchange program with French university 

Representatives from the Pole Universitaire Leonard 
de Vinci in Paris visited Northwestern State recently as 
part of a statewide tour to strengthen higher education 
relations between France and Louisiana. The University 
of Louisiana System has created a partnership with Pole 
Universitaire Leonard de Vinci that includes student and 
faculty exchange opportunities. 

The partnership covers students in business, 
engineering, technology, computer science and visual arts, 
and includes the reciprocal exchange of faculty, staff and 
students; development of international student programs; 
hosting of visiting scholars and study tours/summer 

sessions; and organization of joint academic and scientific 
activities such as courses, conferences, seminars, 
symposia or lectures. The partnership also includes 
enrollment of highly qualified students in undergraduate 
and/or graduate studies and development of textbooks, 
journal articles, or other scholarly publications. 

Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci is within Paris' 
business district. La Defense, and has three schools: 
engineering, management and multimedia. The French 
university has international partnerships with universities 
in Spain, China, Canada, Korea, Italy, Australia, South 
Africa, Switzerland and the U.S. 


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Sixty years later, memories still strong for 48-49 team 


Claude "Jodie" Stoutamiie and Bemand 
'Tussie" Wagoner woe the leading 
scorers fir the lapidary 194849 
Noi1hv\eslan Stale Demons bastEtbafl team, but 
that^ not hew fiey remember it 

Savoring the 60th anniversary of a 
23-5 season that saw the Demons reach 
the national semifinals, they couldn't 
care less about their statistics. They are 
proud of the team's accomplishments, 
but their real treasures are the lifelong 
friendships among their teammates and 
the memories of the coaches who were 
their mentors. 

Each of them enjoys occasional 
looks at a black and white team photo- 
graph, a copy of which is framed and 
matted, hanging on the wall outside the 
Demon basketball offices near the front 
doors of Prather Coliseum. 

"They were my best friends then," 
said Stoutamire, a Tallahassee, Fla., 
native and lifelong resident, except for 
his military service and college years. 
"They are still my best friends today." 

"I was lucky to play with a group of 
young men with high character, above 

average talent and great determination. 

Each of them was very successfril later 

in life. I'm very thankfril to have been 

associated with that group," he said. 
It's a sentiment shared by all of the 

surviving players, a tight-knit group 

then and now. 

"It was a great group of guys who 
played together," said Waggoner. 
"Sometimes that togetherness gets over- 
shadowed, but it's so important to suc- 
cess. We didn't worry too much about 
who scored. It was always a team effort. 
We just wanted to win." 

The team came together in the wake 
of World War II. Some players were mil- 
itary veterans. In Stoutamire's case, 
being in the Army carried him away 
from an offer to play for the Florida 
Gators following the war. Stationed at 
Camp Claiborne south of Alexandria, he 
played on a team that visited Northwest- 
em to take on the Demons. 

"In those days, we played the mili- 
tary teams. They were full of talented 
players, at Fort Polk, Barksdale, Lake 
Charles," said Waggoner. "That's how 
Coach (H. Lee) Prather saw Stoutamire, 
when Camp Claiborne came to play us." 

"That game at Northwestern 
changed my life," remembered 
Stoutamire. "When we went up to play 
there, I was able to spend some time 
walking around the campus and town, 
and I just fell in love with Natchitoches. 
That's the reason I went to Northwestern 
when Coach Prather asked me, instead 
of staying home in Florida." 

Nearing the end of his 36 seasons as 
the Demons' coach, and about to 
become the university president a short 
while later, Prather was a revered figure 
on campus. 

"He was a remarkable fellow. He 
was a lawyer and taught pre-law classes. 
He was the Dean of Men," said 
Stoutamire. "As the coach, he was 
strictly business. He wanted you to prac- 
tice just as hard and as well as you 
played in the games." 

"Coach Prather didn't mince any 
words," echoed Johnny "Hound" 
McConathy, a reserve forward in his 
sophomore season in 1948-49, when his 
older brother J.L. was one of the 
Demons' top performers. "Nobody ever 
gave a thought to breaking the fraining 
rules. Practices were basically scrim- 
mages each day. We played a game 
every day, and when you got into a real 
game, there weren't many surprises. 

"He used reverse psychology with a 
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me. He'd challenge you, tell you that you didn't seem 
good enough to help the team. If you're a competitor, 
that would be all the push you needed." 

Waggoner sees lots of Prather in McConathy's son 
Mike, who is beginning his 10th season as the Demons' 
most successful coach since, well, Prather himself 

"Coach Prather was what I consider Mike to be 
like. The style isn't quite the same, but Mike is no non- 
sense. He has high standards for his players. Coach 
Prather was a Christian man and whatever he told you, 
we could believe. I enjoyed playing for him, and we all 

The winter months were thrilling times for Natchi- 
toches and NSC 60 years ago. 

"The gym was packed. If you weren't early, you 
couldn't get in. The spirit was so much a part of our 
campus. That was our life. There weren't dozens of TV 
channels, all the entertainment options the kids have 
now. Cars were a luxury. Hardly anyone had one," said 
Waggoner. "I didn't have any way to get home to Tul- 
los other than riding a little ole bus." 

There was no bus ride as the Demons prepared for 
their third straight National Association of Intercolle- 
giate Basketball tournament in Kansas City. 

They boarded the Southern Belle Railroad for the 
trip north with a full head of steam. The Demons had 
won nine straight games, capturing the Gulf States 
Conference championship and the regional title with a 
two-game sweep of Centenary. They toppled Puget 
Sound 70-58 in their first game in Kansas City, then 
scored a stunning 59-57 triumph over the tournament's 
top seed in the national quarterfinals. 

"Beating Brigham Young, that was a big thrill. That 
wasn't supposed to happen, and it did," said Waggoner. 
"The following game (against Regis College) came 
down to the wire, but we weren't so fortunate." 

Today, to borrow a famous line by Lou Gehrig, 
they feel like the luckiest men on the face of the earth. 

"It doesn't seem like 60 years has passed, but it cer- 
tainly has. I'm just proud to have been part of it," said 
McConathy. "We were a competitive bunch and we had 
great support on campus and in town." 

That squad stands alongside the 2005-06 Demons, 
who won 26 games and defeated 1 5th-ranked Iowa in 
the NCAA Tournament, regarded as the most accom- 
plished teams in nearly a century of basketball tradition 
at Northwestern. 

"We never thought about how we'd be remem- 
bered. We were having so much flin," said Stoutamire. 
"It was simply the time of our lives." 

N Club Induction 

The Graduate N Club Hall of Fame ceremonies were 
held during Homecoming 2008 to honor prominent fig- 
ures in Northwestern's athletic history. 
Among the participants were, front row from left, Robyn 
Justin, Dr. E. Loneta Graves, Randy Hilliard, along with 
Graduate N Club secretary Gil Gilson. Standing are 
Selvestion dimes, Thomas Foster, Jack Rogers, Mike 
Brown, Harold Gene Smith, Jack Bice and Coach Walter 
Ledet. Not shown is Demons football head coach Scott 
Stoker, who left after his induction to prepare his team for 
their 34-16 victory over Sam Houston State. Graves 
received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Foster was 
presented honorary Graduate N Club membership and 
dimes, Rogers, Ledet, Bice and Smith were recognized 
as part of the 1955-58 mile relay teams honored with the 
inaugural Dream Team Award. 

In September, descendents of Coach H. Lee Prather 
visited Natchitoches and spent time with Coach Mike 
McConathy at Prather Coliseum. Shown along with 
McConathy — whose father played for Coach Prather in 
1948-49 — are great grandson William Prather, center, 
holding his son, Evan Crisp Prather, and William's wife 
Wendi, with their infant daughter. A portrait of Coach 
Prather hangs in the background. 

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Demon Athletes' 
GPAs highest in state 

Northwestern State officials were 
pleased upon the release of the NCAA's 
2008 Graduation Success Rates (GSR) 
study showing NSU is Louisiana's 
highest-ranking public institution in the 
report with across-the-board strong per- 
formances in each of its sports. 

Northwestern posted an overall 75 
percent GSR score, topping all public 
institutions and trailing only Centenary 
(86 percent) and Tulane (81 percent) 
among the state's 13 NCAA Division I 
athletics programs. That score also 
placed Northwestern third among the 
12 Southland Conference member insti- 
tutions, topped only by 78 percent GSR 
scores by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 
and Texas State. 

Eight of Northwestern 's 10 sports 
recorded all-time high scores in the 
2008 report released by the NCAA in 

"This most recent GSR report is a 
testament to the emphasis on academic 
achievement that has been in place at 
NSU for many years. Priority number 
one within the NSU athletic program, 
and something which is emphasized to 
both current and prospective student- 
athletes, is for them to earn a degree 
which will have a positive impact on 
their future," said Director of Athletics 
Greg Burke. 

"It is a credit to all involved - aca- 
demic support staff, faculty, coaches 
and student-athletes - that the gradua- 
tion rate at NSU continues to rise in 
record-setting fashion. It's also impor- 
tant to note that the many donors to the 
NSU Athletic Association play a vital 
role in this success story. It's their back- 
ing and donations that fijnd scholar- 
ships aijd academic support services 
which have helped us achieve at a rela- 
tively high level," Burke said. 

NSU alumnus Kenta Bell, left, a member of the U.S. track and field 
team at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, received an 
Nth Degree award from Director of Athletics Greg Burke during 
Homecoming Festivities Oct. 25. Bell, a native of Kilgore, Texas, 
was a three-time Ail-American in the triple jump for the Demons 
before graduating in 2000 with a business degree. He was part of 
Team USA at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, where 
he finished ninth the triple jump. He is the only two-time Olympian 
in Northwestern history. The Nth Degree is presented to 
individuals who have brought great credit to the university through 
their service and accomplishments. 

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Cook, Willis baseball jersey retirements set 
Feb. 7 

Two of the greatest baseball players in school history 
will be honored with the retirement of their jerseys on the 
evening of Saturday, Feb. 7, as the NSU Demon baseball 
program celebrates the upcoming season with the Leadoff 

Billy Roy Cook and Jim Willis will join Jim Wells and 
Brian Lawrence with their jerseys shown on the outfield 
wall at Brown-Stroud Field. 

Cook was a record-shattering pitcher for the Demons 
who had 29 victories form 1956-59, still a school record 
50 years later. He was a dominating factor in Gulf States 
Conference play. 

Willis was a two-sport competitor who became the 
first Northwestern baseball player to reach the Major 
Leagues. He pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 1952-53 and 
was also a standout basketball player on the 1948-49 team 
that reached the national semifinals under coach H. Lee 

For more information about the LeadoflF Dinner and 
ceremonies honoring Cook and Willis, contact baseball 
coach J. P. Davis at 318-357-4139 or check the website. 

Basketball reunions set Feb. 14, March 7 

Former team members of the NSU basketball pro- 
grams have their annual reunions upcoming, on Saturday, 
Feb. 14 for the Lady Demons and Saturday, March 7 for 
the Demons. 

The reunions will take place at Prather Coliseum in 
conjunction with 2 o'clock home games for NSU. Gradu- 
ate N Club Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will also be 
held honoring basketball players at each reunion. 

For more information on the Lady Demon reunion, 
contact Mandy Walmsley at 318-357-5891 or write coach 
Jennifer Graf at grafj(g), via e-mail. 

To get details on the Demons' reunion, contact Colene 
Bonnette at 318-357-4274 or coach Mike McConathy at 
mikem(a), via e-mail. 

Additional information, including the announcement 

of the Graduate N Club enshrinees, is available at on the internet. 

Former players for both sports should receive infor- 
mation about the reunion in early January. 

Southland Conference Tournament March 
11-15 in metro Houston 

Northwestern supporters are encouraged to converge 
on Katy, Texas, and the Merrell Center alongside I- 10 west 
of downtown Houston for the 2009 Southland Conference 
Basketball Tournament presented by State Farm Insurance 
from March 11-15. 

The Demons are aiming for their record fifth consec- 
utive SLC Tournament championship game appearance 
and their second NCAA Tournament berth in four sea- 

The Lady Demons hope to make their 11th appear- 
ance in the women's championship game, their first under 
coach Jennifer Graf. 

Tickets are available exclusively through the NSU ath- 
letic ticket office for seats in the Northwestern section at 
the Merrell Center. Contact the ticket office at 318-357- 
4268 or e-mail ticket manager Zach Williams at 
williamsj(a), for more information, or visit to make secure online purchases. 

Baseball, softball reunions set for same 
mid-April weekend 

For the first time, the annual reunions for NSU base- 
ball and Softball teams will be held on the same weekend. 
Both NSU teams have home series on the April 17-19 
weekend against Texas State. 

The baseball reunion will begin with the Friday night 
series opener and continue with single games each day 
through Sunday. The softball reunion will officially begin 
with the Saturday, April 1 8 doubleheader and wrap up the 
next day. 

Both reunions will include postgame meals with the 
current teams at the field after the Saturday games. For 
more information including game times, check 
www/ online or call the NSU athletics 
department at 318-357-5251. 

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Alumni Updates 


Eva Odell Dowden 
Burch is retired and 
lives in DeRidder. 


Betty Jayne Miller 
Hardin is retired and 
lives in Magnolia, Ark. 


Joe Melancon is a 
retired fighter pilot, 
married and lives in 
Colorado, Springs, 


Karl P. Kammer is 
retired and lives in 
Naples, Fla. 


Melba Jean Baudry 
Smith is retired and 
lives in Pineville. 


Gordon Solliday is 
retired, married and 
lives in Mission Viejo, 


Cliff Mugnier is 
employed by Louisiana 
State University's 
Department of Civil 
Engineering as the 
Chief of Geodesy-C4G 
and lives in Baton 


Renee' Bates Mayher 
is retired, married and 
lives in Cookeville, 


Cyndee Osborne 
Ranes is a small 

administration loan 
officer for the United 
States Government, 

married and lives in 


Robert L, Gates is the 
principal at South 
Crowley Elementary, 
married and lives in 

Linda Phillips James is 
a retired teacher, 
married and lives in 
Lufkin, Texas. 


Clinton Womack is 
employed by Nev. 
Department of 
Corrections as a 
substance abuse 
counselor and lives in 
Carson City, Nev. 

Milton (Mick) J. 
Lacefield is retired and 
lives in Frisco, Texas. 


John S. Robinson is a 
partner in the 
accounting firm of 
Marcus, Robinson & 
Hassell, CPA, married 
to Vicki Rabalais 
Robinson (74) and 
lives in Monroe. 


Elian Griffin Baggett is 
supervisor of 
personnel for Acadia 
Parish School Board 
and lives in Crowley. 

Belinda Flowers Birch 
is retired and lives in 

Barbara Campbell 
Dodge is a clinical 
director for the State of 
Louisiana - DHH and 
lives in Eunice. 


Cecilia Bess Carson 

Miller is currently a 
homemaker involved in 
medical auxiliary work, 
Wilson N, Jones 
Physicians Spouses 
Association and 
Special Olympics. She 
is married and lives in 
Sherman, Texas. 


Zandra Haymon Grady 
is an eighth grade 
English language arts 
teacher at Leesville Jr. 
High and lives in 


Thomas Jefferson 
Phillips II is a chief 
engineer, married and 
lives in Many. 


Col. James Ferdinand 
Bowie is employed at 
Camp Beauregard as 
an inspector general 
for the state of 
Louisiana, married and 
lives in Alexandria. 


Donald Ray Webb is 
employed by Brooks 
Food Group as a 
manager, married to 
Linda Louise Bassham 
Webb ('80) and lives in 
Monroe, N.C. 

Bill Timon is a general 
manager at Lasco 
Services, Inc., married 
and lives in Austin, 


Melaney Mydland 
Stein is a program 
manager for North 
Carolina Division of 
Services for the Blind, 
married and lives in 
Apex, N.C. 


Patricia Carroll Taylor 
is employed by the 
City of Shreveport as a 

deputy marshal in the 
garnishment division. 
She is married and 
lives in Shreveport. 


Patricia SanMiguel is a 
payment reviewer for 
the state of Nebraska 
medicaid system, 
married and lives in 
Lincoln, Neb. 

Lemuel Marshall Jr. is 
an operations 
supervisor at ATX 
Group and lives in 
Grand Prairie, Texas. 

Marion Joy Matlock 
Jenkins is a staff 
registered nurse/ecu 
educator at Christus 
Schumpert Highland, 
married and lives in 
Plain Dealing 

Anthony Dean 
Thompson is an 
associate professor at 
East Carolina 
University, married and 
lives in Greenville, 


Monte' Johnson 
Woods is employed by 
Beauregard Parish 
School Board as a 
teacher and lives in 


Melissa Cox Latvala is 
director of sales & 
catering for Alliance 
Hospitality and lives in 
Hilliard, Ohio. 


Renee Guillory 
Simoneaux is director 
of adult services at 
The Frazer Center and 
lives in Woodstock, Ga. 

Felicia Hardey is a 
programmer analyst at 
Computer Research 
Inc. and lives in 
Northglenn, Colo. 


David Middleton Green 
is a senior accounting 
manager at Vanderbilt 
Home Care Services, 
Inc. and lives in 
Hendersonville, Tenn. 

Tanya Freeman 
Billings is stay-at-home 
mom, married to 
Ronald "Rusty" Coburn 
Billings ('96) and lives 
in Bossier City. 

Rachel Penny 
Cunningham is 
employed by the 
Natchitoches Parish 
School Board as a 
master teacher, 
marhed and lives in 

Lura Jean Ellison 
Brezina is the PCC of 
staff development at 
Willis Knighton South, 
married and lives in 

Michael Dwain Guillory 
is director of outpatient 
sen/ices/ASU at 
Rapides Regional 
Medical Center, 
married and lives in 


Lawrence Johnson is 
employed by Nissan 
North America as the 
senior manager of 
global infiniti marketing 
and lives in Franklin, 


Janis Metoyer Barbin 
is employed by Central 
Control LLC as an 
accountant and lives in 

Shannon Bolin Ebarb 
is employed by 
Community ISD as a 
special education 
teacher and lives in 
Lavon, Texas. 

Kelvin Pierre is a 
program manager for 
Hewlett-Packard and 
lives in Ponchatoula. 


Lisa Marie Moehrle is 
a certified registered 
nurse anesthetist and 
lives in Broken Arrow, 

Jennifer Lyn Rowland 
Atwater is a library 
technician at JMF St. 
Mawgan Station 
Library, married and 
lives in England. 

Eve Cox Mitchell is 
employed by 
Natchitoches Parish 
School Board as a 
teacher, married to 
Luke Mitchell ('03) and 
lives in Natchitoches. 


Nikole N. Mock is a 
technical support 
specialist for 
lives in San Diego, 

Cassondra Savoy 
Guilbeau is employed 
by the American Heart 
Association as a senior 
regional director and 
lives in Lake Charles. 

Casey Capel Vercher 
is employed by Acadia 
Parish School Board 
as a curriculum 
facilitator and lives in 

Shea Eaves is a 

assistant/animal care 
at the Institute for 
Marine Mammal 
Studies and lives in 
Gulfport, Miss. 

Ronald "Rusty" Coburn 
Billings is employed by 
State Farm Insurance 
as an agent, married to 
Tanya Freeman 

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Billings ('92) and lives 
in Bossier City. 


Sherre Annette Mitchell 
Morse is a counselor 
at Oak Hill High 
School, married and 
lives in Hineston. 

Stacey Burford Capp is 
a registered nurse at 
East Texas Medical 
Center, married and 
lives in Tyler, Texas. 


Kimberly Marler 
Sumrall is employed by 
CVS Pharmacy as a 
photo lab supervisor, 
married and lives in 

Shantura Stephens 
Payne is a file clerk at 
Peoples State Bank, 
marhed and lives in 

Brandi Rene' DeVore 
Lacey is a registered 
vet technician at 
Sulphur Animal Clinic, 
married and lives in 

Delores Miller is a 
teacher at Mansfield 
Elementary Middle 
School and lives in 


Mandy Allen Knight is 
employed by St. 
Landry EMS as an 
EMT-basic and lives in 

Jana Whitehead is 
employed by Rapides 
Parish School Board 
as a pupil appraisal 
social worker and lives 
in Pineville. 

Emily Tracy is 
employed by Daiichi- 
Sankyo in 

pharmaceutical sales 
and lives in Alexandria. 


Lori Anne Anzaldua- 
McKay is an instructor 
of Fine Arts and 
Technology at NSU. 

Michella Amos Young 
is an instructor for PC 
Center and lives in 
Desoto, Texas. 


Jessica Quigley is a 
program therapist at 
NorthPointe Family 
Center and lives in 
Carrollton, Texas. 

Leonard J. Jones is a 
senior functional 
analyst at General 
Dynamics and lives in 
Fayetteville, N.C. 


Ashlee Freeman Miller 
is employed as a SVP 
in strategic business 
development at SWS 
Group and lives in 
Frisco, Texas. 

Crystal Robbins 
Roberts is in private 
practice as a licensed 
professional counselor 
and lives in Biloxi, 

Julia Higginbotham is a 
yoga teacher, massage 
therapist and, musician 
and lives in Austin, 

Dr. Cade Brumley is 
the principal at 
Converse High School, 
married to Toni Lynn 
Vail Brumley ('02) and 
lives in Converse. 

Toni Lynn Vail Brumley 
is a counselor at North 
DeSoto High School, 
married to Cade 
Brumley ('02) and lives 
in Converse. 

Stephanie Martin 
Chamberlin is a funeral 

Detris Anderson 

Detris Anderson (1993) 
believes that the success of chil- 
dren falls on all of our shoulders 
and high expectations need to be 
evident regarding their educa- 

"Children learn best when 
they are in a learning environ- 
ment that has been shaped by 
developmentally appropriate and 
research-based practices," she 
said. "I believe that strong lead- 
ership is a critical component of 
that success." 

Anderson is utilizing this 
philosophy in her first year as 
principal of Lucy Elementary 
School in Millington, Tenn., a 
suburb of Memphis. Anderson is 
the former assistant principal at 
Dexter Middle School in 

After graduating from NSU, 
Anderson worked in Shreveport 
for one year before moving to 
Memphis. She was a Shelby 
County middle school teacher 
for 10 years, teaching reading, 
social studies and computer 
technology before becoming 
assistant principal at Dexter 
Middle for three years. During 
that time, she earned a master's 
degree from the University of 
Memphis and is currently work- 
ing towards her doctorate. 

She plans to emphasize fam- 
ily and community involvement 
to improve the school, improve 


teaching and learning 
expand the school's fine 

Anderson is a native of 
Natchitoches and graduated 
from Natchitoches Central High 
School in 1983. Although no 
longer married, she traveled for 
several years with her husband, 
who was in the military and 
lived in New Jersey, California 
and Alaska. She has two chil- 
dren, Sharita, 23, and James, 19. 
Her hobbies include all types of 
technology, reading, bowling, 
listening to music and watching 
science fiction. She is a member 
of Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Mu 
Chapter at NSU. 

Anderson said her time as 
assistant principal at Dexter 
Middle prepared her for her new 
role as principal at Lucy. 

"Lucy is a great school," she 
said. "It's a community school. 
There's a lot of pride here; they 
do a lot of great things." 

Anderson is hoping that par- 
ent involvement with the school 
will increase as more families 
witness the area's community 
involvement with the school. 

"I want this to continue to be 
a great school, and to make that 
happen we're going to need the 
family involvement," she said. "I 
want them to soar high above the 
rest. I want them to stand out." 


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Alumni Updates 

Dr. Gayle Juneau 

Dr. Gayle Juneau describes her 
educational pathways as accidental, 
but said that during her time at 
NSU, she had many mentors 
"cheering me towards success dur- 
ing my years as a student." She 
described her education as transfor- 
mational and says that through 
empowering internship experiences 
and NSU's robust academic pro- 
gram, she was well equipped to 
compete and advance in her field of 
academic advising. 

Juneau, a native of More- 
auville, earned a degree in general 
studies at NSU in 1995 and a mas- 
ter's in student personnel services 
in 1997. After graduation, she was 
hired as an admissions counselor 
for the University of West Florida. 
Two years later, she was promoted 
to the position of academic advisor 
for the university and eventually 
hired to serve as director in the cre- 
ation of the Professional Studies 
Student Center for academic advis- 
ing, recruitment and retention of 
students in the College of Profes- 
sional Studies. She is currently the 
executive director of Academic 
Advising at University of Nevada - 
Las Vegas. 

"In my position as executive 
director of Academic Advising, I 
am responsible for the leadership of 
UNLV's 1 1 academic advising cen- 
ters," she said. "Specifically, I work 
with policy creation and implemen- 
tation, assessment of academic 
advising, budget for hiring and pro- 

fessional development, general 
education and transfer committee 
leadership." She also directs the 
school and college Academic 
Advising Council as well as the 
seven academic advising commis- 
sions sponsored by UNLV She is 
actively involved with the national 
academic advising association, 
NACADA, in terms of presenta- 
tions and publications. 

"Growing up in a working class 
family, I had no fi^ame of reference 
nor were there expectations for me 
to earn a graduate degree," Gayle 

She first enrolled at NSU as a 
secondary education major, but her 
interest quickly faded in an era of 
shifting accountability. She consid- 
ered optometry, but was too far into 
her curriculum to graduate in a rea- 
sonable amount of time, so she 
opted for general studies and 
focused on graduate school. 

"By way of my work in Student 
Support Services, I met graduate 
assistants in the Student Personnel 
Services program who encouraged 
me to consider the program. It was 
a tum-of-events that has shaped the 
entirety of my professional career," 
she said. 

At NSU, Gayle found mentors 
by way of her student work assign- 

"During my undergraduate 
degree, I was encouraged by Gail 
Jones and Don Barker in Student 
Support Services and Dr. Virginia 

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Crossno in home economics," she 
said. "These individuals inspired 
academic enthusiasm in me long 
before I understood the connection 
with transformational education 
and professional opportunities. 
During my tenure as a graduate stu- 
dent, I was extremely fortunate to 
have Dr. Neelam Kher as a mentor 
who taught me discipline and pas- 
sion for higher learning as well as 
strategic planning for professional 

During her years at UWF, 
Gayle taught introduction to diver- 
sity courses for College of Educa- 
tion students. 

"Concurrent with the comple- 
tion of my doctoral degree, I was 
hired by the UNLV to serve as the 
university's first executive director 
of Academic Advising," she said. 
"In addition, I am a part-time fac- 
ulty member in the Department of 
Women's Studies." 

Gayle remembers a special 
moment in Natchitoches. 

"I remember the day in Decem- 
ber that I turned in my paper-in-lieu 
of thesis to my graduate advisor. 
Dr. Neelam Kher. Elated, I real- 
ized I was going to graduate with a 
master's degree. As I left the 
building, it started snowing lightly - 
a rare, rare experience in Natchi- 
toches. To me, it was a sign fi-om 
above about dedication leading to 

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director at Rockett- 
Nettles Funeral Home, 
married to Rob 
Chamberlin ('03) and 
lives in Cousiiatta. 

Wes Hardy is 
employed by 
Pasadena ISD and 
lives in Deer Park, 


Luke Douglas Mitchell 
is an attorney married 
to Eve Cox Mitchell 
('95) and lives in 


Melissa Gilliam is a 
marketing coordinator 
at Brooklyn Botanic 
Garden, percussion 
and piano teacher. She 
lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Victona Whitlock 
Brakhage is a 
paralegal at Carr 
Allison Law Firm and 
lives in Sterrett, Ala. 

Joseph Brakhage is a 
programmer analyst at 
SunGard Data 
Systems and lives in 
Sterrett, Ala. 

Chasity Summerville 
Jones is a loan 
counseling specialist at 
GMAC Rescap, 
married and lives in 
Lancaster, Texas. 

Latosha Simpson is a 
teacher at Lieder 
Elementary School and 
lives in Katy, Texas. 

Chhsty Groves is a 
fourth grade teacher at 
Pulaski Heights 
Elementary and lives in 
Benton, Ark. 


Tracy Leeper is 
employed by State 
Farm as a systems 
analyst and lives in 
Normal, III. 

Jessica Mary Carman 
is a fifth grade teacher 
at Northwood High 
School, married and 
lives in Pineville. 

Shandee Niswander is 
the owner of The Page 
Turner and lives in 

Robin Mire is 
employed in accounts 
payable at Tidewater 
Marine and lives in 
Morgan City. 


Ella Bridges Owen is 
an administrative 
assistant at Ameriprise 
Financial, married to 
Justin C. Owen ('02) 
and lives in 

Steven Mack is an 
executive assistant 
manager at Walgreens 
and lives in Edinburg, 

John Smith is 
employed by Temple 
Independent School 
District as an English 
teacher and basketball 
coach and lives in 
Killeen, Texas. 

Rebecca Withers 
Burch is employed by 
Desoto Parish Office of 
Community Services 
as a child welfare 
specialist-foster care, 
married and lives in 
Grand Cane. 

Veronica Longworth 
May is employed by 
University Hospital in 
the Neonatal ICU as a 
registered nurse and 
lives in Cibolo, Texas. 

Emily Bass is a 
territory manager/ 
representative for 
Nestle and lives in 


Shadana Reliford 

Palmer is a warboard 
clerk at Pilgrim's Pride, 
married and lives in 

Jamie L. Cherry is a 
technician for Ochsner 
Medical Center and 
lives in River Ridge. 

Amber Wallace 
Freeman is a rad tech 
at Natchitoches 
Regional Medical 
Center and lives in 

Rachal Liberto Thorne 
is in the accelerated 
BSN/MSN program at 
the Medical University 
of South Carolina and 
lives in Johns Island, 

Denise Green Garland 
is an instructor/advisor 
for NSU's Office of 
Student Support 
Services and lives in 

Christian Abshire 
LeBrun is employed by 
CITGO Petroleum as a 
laboratory analyst and 
lives in Sulphur. 


Angela Finimore is 
employed by Bossier 
Parish School Board 
as a third grade 
science teacher and 
lives in Bossier City. 

Shawna Miller is a CIT 
for the first JDC Caddo 
Drug Court and lives in 

Alison L. Holmes is 
employed by Northrop 
Grumman as a 
financial analyst and 
lives in DeRidder. 

Sara Welch is a 
engineer III for USAA 
and lives in San 

Dr. Clifford Hargis, January 6, 2003 

Harry L. Kirk III, MD, September 24, 2008 

Bronis Gray Moody, Enid, Oklahoma, 
October 8, 2008 

1948 - Catherine Bondurant Prince, 
February 9, 2008 

1952 - James Kenneth Howard, Shreveport, 
October, 5, 2008 

1962 - Robert Escude, Mansura, March 31, 2008 

1962 - Carmen Peevy Wingate, Baton Rouge, 
December 10, 2007 

1966 - Jimmie Dale Johnson, Mandeville, 
September 10, 2008 

1972 - R. Lyie Christensen, Jr. Ph.D, Austin, 
Texas, August 22, 2008 

1974 - Bert Smith, Pineville, July 2, 2008 

1979 - Paul Allen Porterfield, Shreveport, 
August 29, 2008 


Alumni Columns Winter 2i.\ ' 

Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

Sixty years ago, Prather was the 
coach and McConathy was a sopho- 
more forward, and Northwestern 
State was a brand new name. By the 
end of the 1948-49 season, fans not 
only around Louisiana, but many 
throughout the country knew about 
Northwestern State Demon basketball 
thanks to the exploits of what is con- 
sidered the best of the 36 teams coach 
H. Lee Prather fielded at the college 
known until the mid- 1940s as 
"Louisiana State Normal." The 1948- 
49 Demons won the Gulf States Con- 
ference title and roared into the NAIA 
national tournament in Kansas City, 
reaching the semifinals with a 
thrilling 59-57 victory over BYU. 
Regis College nipped Northwestern 
52-51 to deny the Demons a shot at 
the national title. Coach Prather's 
team finished 23-5, which remained 
the most wins in a season at North- 
western until 2005-06, when Mike 
McConathy, whose dad Johnny 

Members of the 1948-49 team were, front row from left, Jodie Stoutamire, 
George Morris, Dan Poole, Buddy Bates, Lynwood Outz and Herschel 
McConathy. On the back row are DeWItt "Peewee" Patten, Johnny McConathy, 
Leslie McConathy, Artie Ranew, Bernard Waggoner and Jim Willis. 

played on the 1948-49 team, led the 
Demons to 26 wins, including a per- 
fect 14-0 mark in Prather Coliseum. 
Coach Prather retired as coach in 
1950 as the dean of USA basketball 
coaches and America's winningest 

college coach at the time, with 473 
victories. He became the college's 
president not long afterward and 
served four years. Prather Coliseum 
was dedicated in his memory in 1965, 
a year after his passing. 

Guess Who? 

Under the name Student Body Association, the Student Senate and 
Executive Council as organized by the revised SGA constitution went into 
effect during the 1971-72 academic year. Their efforts Included 
sponsorship of political speakers, to inform the students on the upcoming 
elections, relaxing of rules for women on campus, trying to gain student 
discounts In the community and other services designed to benefit and 
inform the students. Can you name the senators-at-large from the 1971- 
72 Student Body Association? The first five readers to call the Alumni 
Center at (318) 357-4414 will win a prize. 

Congratulations to the following individuals 
who correctly identified the members of the 
1968 football team who earned honors at the 
N Club awards banquet. They were seated 
from left, Tony Papa, Ken Hrapmann, David 
Centanni, Wayne Estay and Lester Latino. 
Standing were Don Durham, Shelley Dickie, 
head coach Glen Gossett, Don Guidry, 
Sterling Baldwin and Mark Nyvall. 

Shreveport, LA 

Jo Ann Dombrowski-- 


Bonita Springs, FL 

Shreveport, LA 

Brett Knecht--1 979 
Natchitoches, LA 

Gene Knecht--1 962 
Natchitoches, LA 

Brenda Milner--1985 
Natchitoches, LA 

William Myers--1 969 
Maurice, LA 

Rosalind Patterson- 
Shreveport, LA 

John Ropp--1958 
Natchitoches, LA 

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